Since 2003, Afghanistan has witnessed significant progress in the health sector. In spite of these gains, mortality rates for Afghan women and children remain much higher than the rest of the world, in part due to the limited use of birth spacing and family planning services. According to UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, Afghanistan was ranked 185 of 201 countries on child mortality in 2013, and pregnancy-related causes of death remain the leading risk for women in their child-bearing years.
As the one-month anniversary of the end of the EVD outbreak in Liberia approaches, the Government of Liberia (GoL) remains focused on cross-border issues and implementing the requisite 90 days of enhanced surveillance activities.
The Kambia Community Action Plan (Operation KCAP)—a Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) effort to prevent new EVD cases in Kambia District—will be extended until May 31 to sustain progress.
International media report unrest and attacks targeting humanitarian workers in Guinea’s Boké Prefecture.
The UN issues a revised flash appeal for Nepal, requesting $422 million to assist 2.8 million people through September 2015. USAID/OFDA commits $300,000 to Handicap International (HI) to support physical rehabilitation services for 1,500 injured persons.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently became aware of a cybersecurity incident affecting its systems and data that may have exposed the personal information of current and former Federal employees.
On April 28, 2015, U.S. President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Disaster Declaration after the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) was severely damaged by Typhoon Maysak, which passed through Chuuk and Yap States between March 29 and April 1, 2015. Under the terms of the Compact agreement between the United States and the Government of FSM, the Declaration mobilized U.S. federal funding for immediate emergency relief and reconstruction assistance.
The Assistance to Legislative Bodies of Afghanistan (ALBA) Project supports the development of the Afghan Parliament as a strong, effective and independent legislative institution. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has assisted Afghanistan’s current National Assembly since its inception and continues to provide training to the members in both houses, political staff, administrative and leadership offices. The ALBA project focuses on committees as the driving engine of the parliament. In addition to institutionalizing parliamentary procedures and development, ALBA activities improve parliament’s constituency outreach efforts, communications and coordination at the sub-national level.
Meteorologists forecast that monsoon rains will begin in Nepal in early June. With USAID/FFP support, the UN World Food Program (WFP) reaches more than 1.8 million earthquake-affected people with food assistance. USAID/OFDA commits $500,000 to the UN World Health Organization (WHO) to support health interventions.
WHO officially marks the end of the EVD outbreak in Liberia on May 9. A USAID/OFDA supported EVD treatment unit (ETU) in Kenema District, Sierra Leone, enters hibernation after more than two months without treating an EVD-positive patient. The Government of Guinea (GoG) concludes a case-finding campaign in Coyah Prefecture and launches a new EVD detection and prevention campaign in Forécariah Prefecture.
Relief agencies report 2.8 million Nepalis in need of humanitarian assistance. Delivering relief supplies in advance of monsoon season remains an earthquake response priority. USAID/OFDA provides an additional $4 million to support earthquake response efforts.
USAID/FFP provides 1,640 metric tons (MT) of emergency food assistance to the UN World Food Program (WFP). Debris and other obstacles hinder humanitarian access and assistance in some affected districts. Relief actors initiate district-level contingency planning in preparation for the monsoon season.
Last updated: March 29, 2017